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A Productive Conversation

Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, A Productive Conversation is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

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Exploring Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

On this episode, Cal Newport joins me to talk about his latest book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. He is a computer science professor at Georgetown University and is a self-professed blogging nerd. He is also the author of six books, focusing on topics related to professional productivity, personal satisfaction and the intersection of technology and society.My guest this time around is Cal Newport. Cal is a friend of mine and I’ve always loved chatting with him. This episode is no exception. We dived into a lot, talking about how I tend to share cool things on Facebook, the concept of “keeping things in boxes”, and being more intentional with birthday notifications – all in the name of what Cal has dubbed “Digital Minimalism.”Talking PointsMore of less is more: The rise of minimalism in the physical and digital worldGaining meaning back into your life through less digital presenceLifestyle philosophy over lifehacks, tips and tricksKeeping boxes packed and installing only apps you missClutter is costly: The negative cost that offsets the ‘benefits’ of clutterOptimization is important: Make digital platforms work for you instead of you working for themIntentionality trumps convenience: Reorienting your life to the things that provide most valueQuality analog friendships: Our lives pre-2007 and why Facebook birthday notifications is a giant Ponzi scheme Mindset shifts to make minimalism sustainableQuote“Digital minimalism is a movement. There’s a lot of people out there doing this. These are the people you see who are not looking at their phone when they’re waiting in line, they’re enjoying something outside and not documenting it, they have long conversations with friends where they don’t have a phone with them, they’re the guys building a canoe in their woodshed and haven’t seen their phone in three hours. They have so much more meaning and satisfaction they’re getting out of their lives.” Relevant LinksDigital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy WorldDeep Work with Cal Newport | The Productivityis PodcastLeo Babauta | Zen HabitsJoshua Becke | Becoming MinimalistCourtney Carver | Be More with LessRyan & Joshua | The MinimalistsPacking Party: Unpack a Simpler LifeSensible Defaults | Patrick RhoneFacebook Newsfeed Eradicator for Chrome and MozillaInstapaperBufferCal NewportI’m pleased to bring you this insightful conversation between me and Cal. The two of us can just talk for hours and cover so many things; I look forward to having him on again soon. I hope you’ll find this episode packed with tidbits to help you deal with your digital (and life) clutter.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

49mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Overcoming Overwhelm with Dr. Samantha Brody

On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Samantha Brody. Dr. Samantha is a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, and the founder of Evergreen Natural Health Center in Portland, Oregon. For decades in her private practice and virtual consulting business Dr. Samantha has helped thousands of people transform their lives with her innovative, personalized approach. She is the author of Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out.I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Samantha when we both spoke at Marc and Angel Chernoff’s event Think Better, Live Better. After seeing her speak, I found that there was plenty of alignment with our work and asked her to come on the show. During this conversation we talk about her book, what she means by overwhelm, the steps she believes can help you overcome overwhelm, and the idea of resolutions. There is a lot that we cover in our discussion and I’m pleased to be able to finally bring it to you after many months of trying to make it happen. Enjoy!Talking PointsThis is how Dr. Samantha looks at overwhelmDoes Dr. Samantha believe in New Year’s Resolutions?We start to dig into the steps Dr. Samantha reveals in her bookThis the first stepDr. Samantha shares her current values… along with the second stepHow can someone stay on target with their values and the other elements Dr. Samantha shares in her work?The third step is revealed…I share a fitting story with Dr. Samantha about an obstacle that turned out to be a source of overwhelmDr. Samantha offers feedback after hearing the story of my stressorWhat is “beauty way?”Does Dr. Samantha journal? Does she believe the practice is helpful?If someone was to start using what’s found in Dr. Samantha’s book, what’s the simplest first step to take?Quote“Life throws curveballs at you. That’s just… life.”Helpful LinksThink Better, Live BetterOvercoming OverwhelmEpisode 177: The Four Tendencies with Gretchen RubinPocket BiasesTwo Weeks Notice: My First 20 Hours with The Bullet Journal MethodTAKE: The Values ExerciseDrSamantha.com@drsamantha on Twitter@drsamantha on InstagramThe Productivityist Podcast Pick of The Week: Life Skills That MatterThis episode has been in the works for some time and I’m glad I was able to deliver it to you at the start of a new calendar year – and a new decade. While resolutions can be a bit of a trap at this time of year, Dr. Samantha offers alternatives… sound strategies that won’t just help you in the year that’s just begun. They will help you for many years to come.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

36mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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How to Win the Day with Kris Ward

On this episode I speak with Kris Ward. Kris is the director of a marketing and branding company and it was through her work there that she learned a great deal about productivity versus being busy. Her work with other small business professionals lead to the creation of Win The Hour Win The Day.Kris Ward helps entrepreneurs grow their business so they can get more work done faster and focus on what’s really important in life – and we touch on that throughout our conversation. We discuss the aspects of what she calls the “Freedom Formula” and a slew of other productivity-related topics. There’s a lot to absorb in this episode and I’m glad that us two Canadians finally had a chance to connect in podcast form.Talking PointsWhat does productivity mean to Kris?Kris has had several moments that have incited change in Kris’s life. Here’s one of them.Here’s another one of those moments – a very different moment at thatWhy winning the hour is vital to winning the dayWe dive deeper into the idea of the calendar being your “time bank account”This is how Kris likes to workThe biases that rear their ugly heads when we try to take on some of what Kris speaks of show up. Here’s how Kris helps people deal with thatKris starts to break down the “Freedom Formula” in greater detailKris understands the resistance towards building systemsWe start talking about toolsIs Kris more of a morning person or a night owl? And how can she help people listen to their body clocks with her work?Kris believes this is something that we don’t talk about enough that affects our productivityThis is one thing that you can do now to start winning the hour and – as a result – win the dayQuote“A business is not run on memory.”Helpful LinksWin The Hour Win The Day!The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightKris Ward on InstagramKris Ward on LinkedInWinTheHourWinTheDay.comThe Productivityist Podcast Pick of The Week: SW945: A Walk in JapanIt’s always a pleasure to speak with fellow time management experts. I’ve been following Kris on Instagram for a while now and there’s a lot of crossover in our work. I trust that you’ve heard that through our conversation on this episode. I think we brought a lot to the table and hope that you’ve garnered some solid takeaways from our discussion.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

45mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Breaking the Time Barrier with Mike McDerment

On this episode, I speak with Mike McDerment, the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks. FreshBooks is the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 24 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumoured he’s the first human to have developed an immunity to mosquitoes.Mike McDerment is also the author of Breaking the Time Barrier – How to Unlock Your True Earning Potential, a book that lets most freelancers and small businesses discover their billing blind spots and determine if they are charging what they are really worth. Small business owners sometimes struggle to assert their worth in a competitive market place. Sometimes, they suffer from imposter syndrome. Other times, they just feel grateful to have clients who pay on time, so they undercharge. And, over time, some simply don’t increase their rates, afraid of having awkward money conversations. But, rest assured, they are not alone. If you run a small business, knowing and charging your worth can be a difficult thing so Mike McDerment and Donald Cowper wrote this book as a guide to value-based pricing and unlocking your true earning potential. Talking PointsThe history and background of FreshBooksWhat has FreshBooks become and where is it at right now? The equation between time and money and what a “time barrier” is Quantitative productivity versus qualitative productivity Billing by the hour versus billing by value Why did Mike start a secret company to compete with his existing one? The value of the secret company experiment and the time spent doing the experiment Spending time with exploration and experimentation Approaching life on a complementary lensHow does Mike McDerment approach his work?Quote“With the time barrier in the book, the premise is around called value based billing. So instead of charging how much time you spent on something instead charge the value you bring. The two don’t always go together. I think that’s the thing that people don’t understand.”Relevant Links:WebsiteTwitterLinkedInBook: Breaking the Time Barrier – How to Unlock Your True Earning PotentialThe key takeaway from this episode is that the ability to work so little and produce so much income had a lot to do with how one priced and positioned his or her services, something most small business owners struggle with.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

42mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal

On this episode, I’m joined by Nir Eyal, the author of what I consider to be the best productivity book I’ve read in a long time, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.Without question I feel that Nir’s book Indistractable is the best book on the topic of productivity that I’ve read in a long time. We dig into the book throughout our lengthy discussion, discuss the concept of willpower (and my misinterpretation of how he feels about it), and so much more. There’s plenty to unpack in this episode and I’m pleased to be able to bring it to you.Talking PointsWhy I feel that Indistractable is one of the best productivity books out thereNir shares why the book covers for both Hooked and Indistractable are yellowThe distinction between traction, time management, and becoming indistractableWhat is pseudowork?Nir Starts to reveal the four strategies that you’ll need to become indistractableThis is what time management actually isWe talk about willpower – and this is where I misinterpret Nir’s belief on the subjectAs a follow up to our willpower back-and-forth, Nir says that this is what we DO have available to usI share my external triggers with Nir and that leads to a discussion of the idea of identityNir spends time discussing the other types of “pacts” you can put in place on your indistractable journeyNir gets personal as he discusses the power of “effort packs”I share my own examples of “effort packs”Nir talks about “progressive extremism” and its role in becoming indistractableNir talks about to do listsHere’s what Nir says what you shouldn’t – and should – put on your calendarWe chat about misinformation around the use of techThis is Nir’s definition of productivity… and his advice to live up to that definitionQuote“The body gets what the body needs.”Helpful LinksGood Life Project | Nir EyalRyan Holiday’s Recommended ReadingThe Productivityist Podcast: Willpower Doesn’t Work with Benjamin HardySchedule MakerThe 106 Year Old ProblemIndistractable.comNir and Far [Podcast]The Productivityist Podcast Pick of the Week: Remote Work FriendsThis episode is longer than usual but it’s worth every second. Nir’s perspective on productivity is attuned to my own in many ways. Hearing him agree with me on the concept of theming your time and using the calendar as a directory for your day and a to do list for the details of your day made… well, my day. I hope that this discussion we had made your day too.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

59mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Designing Your Mindset with Andy Murphy

On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Andy Murphy, the founder of Mindset by Design. Andy has helped world champion athletes, multi-millionaire entrepreneurs, Hollywood producers and actors, and even royalty design their mindsets. We discussed what changing and designing your mindset can do for you, how NLP can help you when it is used for good, why it matters who is in your network, and more. Here are a few highlights from the show:Where most people get stuck regarding mindsetWhat neuro-linguistic programming isRemoving confirmation biasWhy it is important to train ourselves to in each area of our lifeOur default setting is whatever is safeWhen we grow, our network changes as wellRelevant Links:Mindset by DesignAndy Murphy | TwitterThanks for listening. If you enjoyed the show don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode. Until next time remember to stop guessing… and start going!Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

32mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Declutter Your Way to Success with Terri Savelle Foy

Today’s guest is Terri Savelle Foy. Terri is a motivational speaker, Youtuber and cheerleader of dreams. Terri is also the author of a new book called Declutter Your Way to Success: the Keys to Organize Your Life. We spoke about how your environment affects your mindset, why it is important to define your definition of organization and how you can maintain a standard of excellence in your life.Here are some highlights of the show:Our homes reflect our inner stateWhy unfinished tasks can stall deep workThe “laundry basket of success”Why changing the world starts with making your bedBuilding a momentum by using a timerUsing the “Don’t Break the Chain” method with a calendarRelevant Links:Terri Savelle FoyDeclutter Your Way to Success | AmazonDeclutter Your Way to Success KitMake Your Bed FirstTerri Savelle Foy | TwitterThanks for listening. If you enjoyed the show don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode. Until next time remember to stop guessing…and start going!Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

29mins

21 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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The Vision Driven Leader with Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt returns to the show for this excellent episode of the program. Michael is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Michael Hyatt & Company. He is also the author of several New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling books, including Platform, Living Forward, Your Best Year Ever, Free to Focus, and his newest book The Vision-Driven Leader.Michael has scaled multiple companies over the years, including a $250M publishing company with 700+ employees and his own leadership development company that has grown over 60% year over year for the past 4 years. Under his leadership, Michael Hyatt & Company has been featured in the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America for three years in a row. He enjoys The Double Win with his wife of 40+ years, five daughters, and nine grandchildren. I spoke with Michael about the journey he took to get to this book, what it takes to become a vision driven leader, the importance of having a vision, and much more. As always, it’s fantastic to speak with Michael about his work – he’s someone who truly embodies everything that he delivers to the world – and I know you’ll get plenty out of this discussion.Talking PointsMichael talks about why he wrote this book now and if it was a progression of his past books or if now was just the right timeWhat does vision mean to Michael?We discuss the difference between a manager and leaderMichael shares whether or not you must use the steps to become a vision driven leader in order… or if that is not all that importantWhat can you do to help a leader who has so many ideas and visions execute those ideas and visions?Michael talks about what he would do if someone isn’t really understanding (or interested) in “The Vision Script” that a vision driven leader attempts to bring to lifeThis is the person that Michael considers to be a vision driven leader that he looks up toWe talk further about the term “vision zag”What are some things people can take away from the book that they can use if they are not running a company but simply want to run their lives better?This is the first step to becoming a vision driven leaderQuote“Leadership by its very definition means that you’re heading towards a destination and if you’re not clear on the destination you really aren’t gonna be leading people anywhere.“Helpful LinksThe Productivityist Podcast #239: Free to Focus with Michael HyattLiving Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You WantA Special Offer from Michael Hyatt for You (Bonuses available until 2020/04/04)The Productivityist Podcast Pick of the Week: That Creative LifeWant to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

34mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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How to Be Great at Your Job with Justin Kerr

On today’s episode, I spent time with Justin Kerr. Justin is a self-described efficiency monster, He is the author of the rogue corporate playbooks How to Write an Email and How to Be a Boss. He is also the mouthpiece of the MR CORPO podcast and has been the youngest senior executive at some of the world’s biggest apparel companies (Gap, Old Navy, Levi’s, UNIQLO) running billion-dollar businesses while finding time to write 14 books, tour the country with his rock band and keep 100,000 bees on his roof. He is currently president of Imprint Projects in New York City. Justin Kerr climbed to the top of the corporate ladder before reaching age 40. His book, entitled How to Be Great at Your Job takes the guesswork out of career success and breaks down what it takes to excel at your job. It covers the basics, like the universal requirements of every workplace—working with other people, making stellar presentations, communicating effectively over email. And it also goes into how to get promoted sooner, impress the people high up on the corporate ladder, and do it all while maintaining your personal life and without working crazy hours. With helpful tips and simple advice, this professional guidebook is just right for someone new to the workplace or for a mid-life career changer.Talking PointsBackground on who Justin Kerr and how the book, How to Be Great at Your Job came to beOn the term “efficiency monster”On being caught with the email trapThe processes put in place to allow a person to be more efficientOn how to over-communicate that works best for a companyOn building credibility over timeOn doing work by breaking them into smaller componentsOn giving updatesOn getting so far ahead and in return getting more work thrust upon youHow does Justin manages his time The best thing about the bookQuote“Always be giving the updates because keep in mind the people you worked with are human beings and a lot of us can lose the side of that. We get titles and VPs and assistants but they are human beings – they get nervous, they have their own concerns, they are worried about their own boss – all of these different things. So telling people what is going on is just gonna lower the temperature a little bit.”Relevant LinksWebsiteInstagramTwitterPodcastGoogle+Book: How to Be Great at Your JobThe key takeaways from this episode include: how to work with other human beings, how to balance life and work, what to do if someone at work hates you, and (of course) the critical skill of how to win an “email fight”.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

39mins

29 May 2019

Rank #9

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How to Build Yourself More Time with Jaime Masters

I’m excited to welcome Jaime Masters as a guest on his episode of the podcast. Jaime is the host of Eventual Millionaire. She’s interviewed almost 500 self-made millionaires and billionaires. She’s been a business coaching for over 10 years and has taught six and seven-figure CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners how to double and triple their revenue. She has been featured in Yahoo Online, Inc.com, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur, Women’s Health Magazine, Business Insider, and more.I’ve been friends with Jaime for years and have had the pleasure of hanging out with her at events in cities all over the world. She loves business and all things geeky. She’s the mother of two amazing kids that are already making money in business as stilt walkers and contortionists. (I need to get my two kids on this whole “making money” thing!)I wanted to talk to Jaime about her latest venture: Ownerbox. It’s Jaime’s new brand that delivers business owners the dream they signed up for when they started their business. We talked about what her plan is for Ownerbox, why systems are important, and much more she does to help people build themselves more time.Talking PointsWhat is Ownerbox?Why Ownerbox was createdWhy the “CEObox” and the “Ownerbox” are NOT the sameJaime tells The Story of JoeyWe discuss the idea of patience and how it translates into Jaime’s latest ventureWhat Jaime’s intent was when she started her Eventual Millionaire brandWhy Jaime thinks systemizing is important to successThe discussion Jaime had with her kids when she told them that she was going to have someone else other than herself pick them up every once in a whileWhy Ownerbox helps owners “pick their spots” when it comes to where they spend their time and energyThis is what Jaime recommends you do that will help you build yourself more timeQuote“Knowing that systems work better is one thing. Doing them is totally another.“Helpful LinksOwnerboxThe Productivityist Podcast: Michael GerberThe Productivityist Podcast: Paul JarvisEventual Millionaire: Michael Gerber Eventual Millionaire: Paul JarvisDave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball MethodThe Speed of Implementation: An Exclusive Offer for The Productivityist PodcastJaime knows how to help business owners feel like they own their businesses instead of the other way around. That’s why it’s no wonder that she created Ownerbox; it’s a vehicle to help her do that. The big lesson here is that putting a system in place is not only a smart move…it’s the only move you can make if you want to run a successful business (and, really… a successful life). It reminds me of something that I’ve said time and time again: Frameworks foster freedom.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

32mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Declutter Your Data with Angela Crocker

On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by my friend Angela Crocker. Angela is the author of The Content Planner and Declutter Your Data. We spend the majority of our conversation diving deep into digital decluttering strategies. Some of the specifics of our discussion include the way you can declutter Your apps (which may not mean deleting them), how to streamline your digital calendar, redundancy and intention, dedicated devices, and more tactics. (We even share our thoughts on the role Inbox Zero plays in this.)Relevant LinksDeclutter Your Data by Angela Crocker | Amazon The Content Planner by Angela Crocker | AmazonThe More or Less with Joshua Becker | The Productivityist PodcastWeed Out the Clothes You Don’t Wear with a Simple Hanger Trick | LifehackerThe NOW Year Wall CalendarDeclutter Your Data | Angela Crocker Declutter Your Data with Angela Crocker | FacebookAngela Crocker | Twitter @angelacrockerAngela Crocker | Instagram @angelacrockerThanks for listening. If you enjoyed the show don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode. Until next time remember to stop guessing…and start going!Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

31mins

27 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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What Happy Successful People Do Differently with Marc and Angel Chernoff

On today’s episode, I spent time again with Marc and Angel Chernoff. Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, books, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love, and peace.Millions of readers turn to Marc and Angel Chernoff as they wrote 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently for fresh, intimate insights for a fulfilled life. In this pithy and empowering guide, they collect the very best advice they’ve discovered, on topics that include overcoming setbacks, letting go of what’s holding us back, nurturing relationships, finding time for self-care, and cultivating passion in order to achieve our wildest dreams.Talking PointsOn their new book: 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do DifferentlyOn the idea of the list in the bookRevisiting the content of the book and choosing which applies to them nowOn writing the book as new parentsThe writer vs. the reader perspectiveOn the process of editing the bookThe idea of the “little things”On the adding triggers to the “to-do list”Quote“Keep doing what you are doing and you will keep getting what you are getting. That is how it works! You have to make a shift. You have to make changes. And the changes need to be small and consistent.” Relevant LinksWebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestBook: 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do DifferentlyThis episode teaches us that millions of people live their entire lives on default settings, never realizing they can customize everything and we should not be one of those millions of people. We should not settle for the default settings in life.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

42mins

22 May 2019

Rank #12

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The Four Tendencies with Gretchen Rubin

On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Gretchen Rubin, the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold almost three million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her top-ranked, award-winning podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Fast Company named Gretchen Rubin to its list of Most Creative People in Business, and she’s a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. During the discussion we dive specifically into The Four Tendencies, looking into what tendency I am most likely aligned with (as well what my wife’s might be), how to embrace whichever of the tendencies you are so you can thrive, and so much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation – I sure did!Relevant LinksGretchen Rubin WebsiteThe Surprising Truth About Why Your To-Do List May Be Failing You | Gretchen RubinThe 4 Tendencies That Explain Why You Struggle To Get Stuff Done (and What to Do About It) | Inc.Signing Up for “NaNoWriMo” – National Novel Writing Month? Here’s Why It Works | Gretchen RubinExciting: Scientific Research and Experiments Underway to Understand the Four Tendencies Better | Gretchen RubinGretchen Rubin’s Quiz: The Four TendenciesGretchen Rubin (@gretchenrubin) | InstagramThanks for listening. If you enjoyed the show don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode. Until next time remember to stop guessing…and start going!Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

40mins

3 Jan 2018

Rank #13

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Building The Best Planner Ever with Jennifer Dawn

I welcome Jennifer Dawn, creator of the Best Planner Ever, to the podcast this time around. Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur who has grown two multi-million dollar businesses and serves high-achieving entrepreneurs through private business coaching helping to take their companies further, faster.Since I’ve got a “mild” obsession with paper planners I wanted to talk with Jennifer about what went into building the Best Planner Ever. We discuss how it got its name, the elements that are unique to the planner, and why she thinks it’s important to bring what’s important to you into the planner that you use and how you can do that.Best Planner EverJennifer Dawn CoachingJennifer and I could have kept going for much longer but there’ll (hopefully) be another time for that. Right now it’s time for you to check out her planner (linked above) and check out The Productivityist Playbook as well. You can get The Productivityist Podcast at a discounted price by clicking here.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

41mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #14

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Becoming Better Everyday with Brett Pinegar

On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Brett Pinegar. Brett is the founder of the X Group, where he helps individuals and teams multiply their effectiveness by adopting the techniques and mindsets great leaders use. Brett is a three-time tech CEO, a trail runner, and most importantly, a dad to five great kids.During our conversation, Brett and I spoke about how to lead with excellence daily, how an aspect of our mind can sabotage our pursuit of excellence, and how to adopt a mindset of excellence. We also discussed the power of routines and reveal a condition that Brett struggles with that could have hindered his mindset – but he refused to let it define him. (And that’s just for starters.)Relevant LinksBrett Pinegar’s WebsiteAvoid Perfection – Embrace Excellence by Brett PinegarX Notes – Living and Leading with Excellence by Brett PinegarBrett Pinegar on TwitterI enjoyed my time chatting with Brett and I hope you did as well. If so, do me a favour and leave a rating and review wherever you subscribed to the podcast (Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, etc.). Not a subscriber yet? Make sure you don’t miss a single episode by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

35mins

5 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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Free to Focus with Michael Hyatt

On today’s episode, I spent time with Michael Hyatt. Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events, workshops, and digital and physical planning tools. In his newest book, Free to Focus, Michael reveals to readers nine proven ways to win at work so they are finally free to succeed at the rest of life. Michael has been married to his wife, Gail, for forty years. They have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside Nashville, Tennessee.Michael Hyatt focus on how everyone gets 168 hours a week, but it never feels like enough. Work gobbles up the lion’s share. Most people think productivity is about finding or saving time. But it’s not. It’s about making our time work for us. In his book, Free to Focus, it reveals to readers nine proven ways to win at work so they are finally free to succeed at the rest of life–their health, relationships, hobbies, and more. He helps readers redefine their goals, evaluate what’s working, cut out the nonessentials, focus on the most important tasks, manage their time and energy, and build momentum for a lifetime of success.Talking PointsOn Michael’s new book, Free to FocusOn Michael’s definition and background on productivityOn the idea of hitting the reset buttonScheduling every hour of the day vs. leaving white space in your calendarOn making time for othersOn how to not forget thingsThe idea of the intersection between passion and proficiencyHow to say “no” with graceTips for delegation, scaling yourself and getting an assistantHow the book Free to Focus came to beOn planning and mapping your weekWhat is a backstage and frontstage workIdeas on how to beat distractionsOn productivity being a personal thingHow does it feel to be Michael Hyatt the leader?What does journaling look like for a Michael Hyatt?Parting advice to the listenersQuote“We have got to ask ourselves, what is it that we are trying to achieve through productivity? The first part of the book is all under the umbrella of STOP. We have got to stop and ask ourselves why are we on this hamster wheel? What is it that we are trying to accomplish? And where is it leading?”Relevant LinksWebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagramBlogBook: Free to FocusThis episode made us realize that many professionals are working as much as 70 hours a week thinking that they are productive but productivity is about making our time work for us. Just imagine having free time again. It’s not a pipe dream. I hope you will learn as much as I did.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

58mins

10 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Reading People with Anne Bogel

Today’s guest is Anne Bogel. Anne is a podcaster, blogger, and author. She is also known as a tastemaker through her popular book lists and reading guides. Recently, Anne wrote a new book titled Reading People: How Seeing The World Through The Lens of Personality Changes Everything. We spoke about the power of reading, personality frameworks, and why it is important to be self-aware.Here are some highlights of the show:The different kinds of personality tests: Enneagram, Myers Briggs, DISCWhy the same activity can be healthy for some people but stressful for othersKnowing your motives so you can be really productiveWhy many introverts can look like extrovertsWhy circumstances can affect how introverted or extroverted we are in different situationsThe importance of taking time to step back and reflectRelevant Links:Anne Bogel’s websiteReading People: How Seeing the World Through Lens of Personality Changes Everything | AmazonThe Power of Moments | AmazonThe Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery | AmazonQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop TalkingEnneagram TestMyers Briggs TestThanks for listening. If you enjoyed the show don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode. Until next time remember to stop guessing… and start going!Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

35mins

4 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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Understanding Ultralearning with Scott H. Young

On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by fellow Canadian and author of the book Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition and Accelerate Your Career, Scott H. Young. Scott is a writer, programmer, traveler and avid reader of interesting things. His blog is one of my personal “must reads” and over its lifespan it has asked the compelling question: What’s the best way to learn?On this episode of the podcast, I wanted to talk to Scott about the answers to that question his blog (and writing) has been pondering since its beginnings. I also wanted to explore the idea of “ultra learning,” why striving to be an “ultralearner” is a worthwhile pursuit, and plenty of other productivity-related questions that I’ve wanted to ask him ever since I started following his work years ago.Talking PointsWhat is ultralearning?The differences between “just in time learning” and ultralearning and how they can work togetherWhat the first thing Scott “ultralearned” was and how it went for himWhat you can do to get past the misconception that you don’t have time to spend on ultralearningThese are the principles of ultralearning that people tend to “mess up” the mostWhy Scott had to explain the principles of ultra learning and offer tactics that may work in conjunction with those principlesThe best principle that offers a springboard to ultralearningThe role that focus plays in ultralearningIs there a point when you tend to find it’s time to abandon ultralearning a particular subject or area?How spending time ultralearning can lead towards a pivotWhy does this book matter now?Quote“The ultralearner is the person who is going to do that hard thing even if it’s a little bit more uncomfortable and get that result rather than someone who is going to do that easy thing that isn’t going to make much progress.”Relevant LinksGet Ultralearning by Scott H. YoungEpisode 226: How to Build a Company of One with Paul JarvisThe MIT ChallengeEpisode 211: Hyperfocus with Chris BaileyWillpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human StrengthEpisode 201: Willpower Doesn’t Work with Benjamin HardyScott Young’s BlogBy the time you’re done listening to this episode you’ll have a sense not only what ultra learning is and how it can work for you, but that it’s something you can certainly do if you decide it’s important enough to make happen. That’s the key. (FYI: Scott’s book will help you with that decision.)Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

41mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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You Are Awesome with Neil Pasricha

On this episode of the podcast, I have the pleasure of being joined by the author of The Book of Awesome Series, Neil Pasricha. Neil thinks, writes, and speaks about intentional living and on this episode he’s going to share with me some of his insights from the book You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life.Neil is a New York Times best-selling author of 5(!) books, selling well over a million copies of his books in the process. He also hosts the award-winning podcast – and foamier Productivityist Podcast Pick of the Week – 3 Books. He’s an in-demand international speaker and, like me, is a Canadian. Unlike me, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three sons.We spend time during our discussion talking about his latest book and a wide variety of productivity-related topics for just over an hour, making this one of the longer episodes I’ve ever produced. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this conversation I have with Neil on the program. It’s, in a word… awesome.Talking PointsNeil shares with me what You Are Awesome is really aboutHe shares why he started his blogThis is the difference between resilience and gritWe talk about the use of ellipses or the dot-dot-dotThese are the steps that you need to take to be awesomeWe explore an all-too-common feeling: the feeling of not being good enoughNeil and I discuss the importance of failureDoes Neil journal?Neil turns the tables and asks me about my journaling practiceWhen I share with Neil my TimeCrafting methodology he asks if I feel any sort of constraints surrounding itI turn the tables back and ask Neil if he has any sort of daily theming practice that he usesWe close out the conversation by slowing things down a bitQuote“We have never been more productive – ever – than now.”Helpful LinksYou Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional LifeDay OneWhat Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More SuccessfulThe Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the WorldThe Pomodoro TechniqueNeil.blog3books.coThe Productivityist Podcast Pick of the Week: AkimboThere’s a lot to unpack in this episode and so many great takeaways. It was refreshing to have the tables turned on me with a few questions and I know we could have spoken to each other for much longer. I encourage to give this episode a repeat listen – there are insights a-plenty to be found!Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

1hr 8mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Productivity in Motion with Joel Heath

On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Joel Heath. Joel is founder & CEO of FluidStance, the world’s first work platform that elicits subtle movement where you are stuck working. His personal purpose is to move the world and FluidStance’s purpose is to help set the world in motion.Talking PointsHow I’ve been using my FluidStance deckWhat FluidStance is and why Joel started FluidStanceHow the FluidStance fits into my office “productivity zones”Joel describes what he calls “The 70-20-10 Model”How Joel approaches the concept of moderation in various areas of his lifeJoel’s thoughts on walking meetings and recognizing his true role in his companyHow someone can adopt healthier habits and forge a healthier lifestyleHow the words we use can really shift perspective and choiceWhat Joel thinks about the term “work-life balance”We talk a bit about comfort and complacencyHow important it is the element of beauty and craft in what Joel doesQuote“A thousand changes in a positive direction can have a huge impact.”Relevant LinksFluidStanceEpisode 227: Why You Need Atomic Habits with James ClearHow I Built This: Michael RubinEpisode 229: Exploring Digital Minimalism with Cal NewportHere’s One Thing You Can Do to Make Your To Do List BetterI had a great time chatting with Joel and I’ve been using my FluidStance deck off and on ever since our conversation. I could stand to use it more often (see what I did there?) and revisiting this episode when putting together these notes have inspired me to do so. Why? Because I have been working on my health over the past several months and I know that my FluidStance deck can have a positive impact on that project. And as Joel said…every little bit helps.Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. Also don't forget to check out all of our podcast sponsors found on our podcast sponsors page.And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using.

42mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #20